Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Rachel Blake
Student Assistant
Environmental Resource Center
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

What factors influence the human population’s impact on earth?
a) amount of materials used per person
b) use of technology
c) family size of 2 or more kids
d) all of the above
e) none of the above
Fragmentation and destruction of habitats threatens the survival of thousands of plant and animal species worldwide. Which of the following contributes most to habitat loss?
a) Over-hunting/harvesting
b) Human development
c) Mining
d) Logging
While climbing a mountain, you would always gain
a) Precipitation
b) Temperature
c) Latitude
d) Elevation


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The surveys were sent out to one randomly selected class that was offered within every department within the Fall 2019 semester.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

We used a random number generator to select one course within each SJSU department to identify “sample points” within the student population. The Qualtrics survey was sent out to the randomly selected faculty members that were randomly selected from each department and were encouraged to share the survey with the students of the indicated class. Students were incentivized for participating in the survey,


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

There was a statistically significant difference of first year students in knowledge among different colleges. This highlights that there was a trend of preexisting sustainability knowledge depending on the college that first year students were enrolled within. The College of Science had the highest knowledge score.


Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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